The Drawer - We'll start with some basic stuff, How long have you been playing together, where are you from and, If you don't mind, where did the name Doctor Coldtouch come from?
The Drawer - You guys play some pretty technical stuff, how long have you been playing your instruments?
I've been playing guitar for 12 years, and John about the same on drums. But Joe's only been playing bass since the band formed, having been a guitarist since 15 or so.
The Drawer - How well are you able to pull of your songs live as a 3 piece? Listening to the EP it sounds like you should have a whole pile of guitar players.
We were actually slated to be a four-piece, originally, but I think it worked out for the better. Two guitars would have either muddied the live sound, or completely redefined the writing process. In practice, the most challenging part of recreating the EP on stage is keeping everything super tight. With only three members, there's not a lot of cushioning for fuck ups.
The Drawer - I hear several influences in your sound, you guys describe yourselves as if "Rush had grown up listening to Cannibal Corpse," other than those two, what bands are out there current/past that have influenced you?
I really like telling stories with each song. Vocalists like Trevor Strnad of Black Dahlia, or Tommy Rogers from Between the Buried and Me are just excellent at spinning these epic tales, and doing so in as few words as possible. And as grandiose as these concepts can get, they never lose the human aspect that makes a song so powerful. I try to bring that same idea to the table lyrically.
The Drawer - What albums are you guys listening to at the moment?
A friend just burned me a copy of Lamb of God's As the Palaces Burn, and that won't be leaving my car stereo for another week or so. John's been fixated on the new Daft Punk CD, and Joe listens almost exclusively to rap music.
The Drawer - What's next for Doctor Coldtouch? Playing locally?
We're in the process of organizing a small tour of the Northeast with our friends in Lightning Lord and SYKA, aimed at the middle/end of August.
The Drawer - If you could tour with anyone who would it be?
I don't know, I like to think we could fit in well on any bill. Maybe Slayer. Or Morris Day and the Time, that dude knows how to party.
The Drawer - Are you guys looking for a label or are you content to continue the DIY approach?
The Drawer - Are there physical copies of the EP?
Na. We tried handing out simple burned copied of our EP at the last show. No one seemed really into it. It seems a better move now to keep the music itself digital, and focus on printing up some sweet shirts and other garments.
The Drawer - Any plans for a full length in the future?
Absolutely. We've already got two new tracks done, and few more working their way through the writing process.
The Drawer - You guys alternate between screams and clean singing, do you favor one style over the other?
I can't specify any preference between the two. I think both can evoke some kind of feeling, and it's really at the music's discretion on which fits best.
Speed round stuff:
Favorite Band: The Black Dahlia Murder
Favorite Record: Thick as a Brick
Favorite Book: The Necronomicon
Jelly or Jam? Pass
Favorite Television show? Full House
I think Mike's having a go at me there with his Black Dahlia Murder answer. Clearly the correct answer to the favorite band question is Jessie and The Rippers.
So there you go. Check these guys out if they come near you this Summer or if you're in the Jersey area.